Please note that full details are not always available at the outset of a situation. Information and updates are posted as received. All general disruption posts are sorted by timeframe. Urgent notices such as power outages or snowfall information are posted at the top.

If your building is currently not accessible, please refer to the Service disruptions and emergencies information on UM Intranet to learn more about what to do during disruptions to the workplace.

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COVID updates

UM COVID-19 Updates

  • Posted: April 21, 2020
  • Timeframe: April 21, 2020
  • Location: Entire Campus
  • Description: Operations and Maintenance updates regarding COVID-19

Fort Garry/Bannatyne Campus

  • Posted: June 11, 2020
  • Timeframe: June 10, 2020
  • Location: Entire Campus
  • Description:

    Fort Garry Campus Domestic Water Systems

    Limit water consumption for less used Fort Garry campus buildings

    The University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus buildings have been primarily closed for the past few weeks and months. With a prolonged closure, some under utilized water systems could result in discoloured, foul smelling, stagnant water due to a lack of water flow and the water sitting in the galvanized pipes.

    It is highly recommended that any buildings that have not been used routinely over the past few months make limited use of the water for consumption. As a precautionary measure, many of the water dispensers in low use buildings were disabled or signed “Out of Service” to avoid inadvertent use.

    Bannatyne Campus has remained flushed and in use for the majority of the shutdown, so is considered to be an acceptable quality and operational.

    If building occupants experience discoloured or foul smelling water, they are recommended to take the following actions:

  • Avoid using the water at this time.
  • Bring water from home or purchase bottled water for consumption.
  • Do not use discolored water for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., preparing food and beverages, laundry).
  • Follow the City of Winnipeg guidelines for discoloured water
  • Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Customer Service Desk at 204-474-6281 or

    During COVID-19 there is restricted access to U of M facilities. Please contact John Dodd at EHS to discuss any sensitive equipment that needs to be checked on and how we can do that in a safe manner with the fewest people coming onto campus. John Dodd B.A., CRM, CBCP, CRSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Cell: 204-290-4631, Office: 204-474-9083, Email:

Building and construction notices

Road Closure: Restricted Access: Gillson Street / Parking Lot ‘N’

  • Posted: June 7, 2021

  • Updated Aug 31, 2021

  • Categories: Construction

  • Location: Gillson Street and Parking Lot ‘N’

  • Effective immediately, Gillson St. will be reduced to essential traffic and emergency access only and Parking Lot ‘N’ will be restricted to ‘N’ Lot Permit Holders only. See attached map. Traffic will be reduced to one lane only via temporary road (sidewalk) and controlled by traffic lights.

    Please take caution and have patience through this area. Follow the traffic lights, signage, and flaggers on site during construction. Alternate routes are designated for pedestrians with signage, fencing, and barricades in place.

    Questions or concerns related to this disruption can be directed to Vanessa Jukes Strutt, Project Manager, (204) 996-5489

Road Closure: University Crescent/Freedman Crescent

  • Posted: May 14, 2021

  • Updated: August 31, 2021

  • Categories: Construction

    Location: (UPDATE) University Crescent/Freedman Crescent 

    (UPDATE): University Cres. and Freedman Cres. from Dafoe Rd. to King’s Dr. will be closed starting June 28 see map 4. Access to Freedman Cres. will be via Dafoe Rd. and MacLean Cres. The Freedman Cres. and King’s Dr. intersection is now open. Parking Lot ‘M’ can be accessed via King’s Dr. At least one pedestrian path will be maintained throughout construction. Access to Freshwater Institute and Manitoba Agriculture will be from the south end of University Cres. via Grierson Ave. see map 5

    Bus traffic will be rerouted throughout construction. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained. 

    Flag people will be on site to help direct traffic as needed. Please plan accordingly. Barricades and safety signage will be clearly posted to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as required. Caution should be taken at all times during construction. Your patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety is appreciated.

    The University Cres. and Freedman Cres. road construction will be completed in phases. Road Construction across campus can be anticipated from Mid-May to November. Please see map 2 for areas impacted and anticipated timelines. Service Disruptions will be updated accordingly as construction progresses.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Vanessa Jukes Strutt (204) 996-5489.

Stanley Pauley Engineering Building - UPDATE

  • Posted:  Sept 29, 2021 

  • Updated Oct 22, 2021

  • Location(s): Elevator 

  • Timeframe (est): September 29th, 2021 – until further notice 

  • Category: Access Shutdown     

  • Overview: The elevator in Stanley Pauley Engineering Building is out of service for repairs. Parts are on order. Elevator will be out of service until further notice. 

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Physical Plant Customer Service Desk.

Ellis Building

  • Posted:  Oct 22, 2021 

  • Location(s): Level  300 – rooms 300-341

  • Timeframe (est): October 26th,  2021  - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM 

  • Category: Electrical Shutdown  

  • Overview: October 26th,  2021  - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM - There will be an electrical shutdown affecting the 3rd Floor of the Ellis Building – rooms 300-341. All electrical service will be disrupted during this time. Refrigeration equipment will be checked after the shutdown is over.   
    Question or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Tom Holovach, 204-474-7232.


  • Posted:  Oct 20, 2021 

  • Location(s): Education - Zone 1

  • Timeframe (est): October  23rd ,  2021  - 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

  • Category: Electrical Shutdown  

  • Overview: Due to an Electrical Shutdown in Education Building - Zone 1 on Saturday October 23rd, ALL Education Buildings, Zone 1, 2 and 3 will NOT be accessible from 8am to 12 noon.  If access is required on an emergency basis, please contact Campus Security Services directly at 203-474-9312

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to  Andrew Sinclair, 204-229-8809.


Chown & Medical Services Buildings

  • Posted:  Oct 20, 2021 

  • Location: Entire Buildings

  • Timeframe:   Thursday, 10/21/2021  to Friday, 10/29/21 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Category: Annual Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Inspection

  • Overview:  Audible alarms will be tested between 6:00 a.m. and 08:00 a.m. please evacuate the building on any alarm after 8:00 a.m. During the fire alarm test fire bells/horns will be pulsed for 5 seconds repetitively. It is important to note that if a true fire alarm happens to coincide with fire alarm testing, fire bells/horns will stop pulsing and will ring continuously, thereby indicating that you must exit the building and follow established evacuation procedures. Once again, pulsating fire alarm bells/horns indicate legislated fire alarm testing by Physical Plant and do not require evacuation.  Vipond Sprinkler Technicians will be entering all rooms to inspect the sprinkler systems.

    Audible circuits in the CAC areas will not be tested without prior consent from CAC Staff.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to  Chris Green 204-272-3078 or 204 230-2258


  • Posted:  Oct 20, 2021 

  • Location: Entire Building 

  • Timeframe: Sunday, 10/24/2021 - 07:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Category: Perimeter Radiation Heating System

  • Overview: : Please be advised, the perimeter heating system supplying heat to the radiators will be shut off on Sunday, 10/24/2021 - 07:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for repairs. The repair will involve shutting down the ventilation to prevent the smoke and smell generated by welding being done in the basement mechanical room from migrating throughout the building, no other services will be disrupted. Room temperatures may be noticeably cooler than normal during the shutdown period

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to  Chris Green - 204-272-3078 or 204 230-2258

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